‘Rains Major Challenge To Power “Transmission” & Distribution’- Fashola Speaks

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing,
Babatunde Fashola, has warned that the
raining season will pose a major challenge to
the transmission and distribution arms of the
power industry.
According to him, although the rains will
benefit hydro power stations, it will also pose
some difficulties in the running of the
distribution and transmission networks.
Fashola’s warning to operators in the sector
was captured in the minutes of the 27th
monthly meeting for stakeholders in the
industry, which was obtained by our
correspondent from the Federal Ministry of
Power, Works and Housing in Abuja.
The minister “advised operators to prepare for
the raining season, which would provide more
water supply to the hydro stations and pose
major challenges to transmission and
distribution networks.”
In this regard, he appealed to the operators to
promptly issue notices when there were
known damages that would interfere with
power supply and send maintenance team out
to repair and replace damaged equipment or
clear fallen trees.
The minister urged the operators to also send
information to the public on multiple platforms
of conventional and social media to report
faults that they might not be aware of, adding
that the operators should painstakingly resolve
all customer complaints and provide better
services where needed.
On remittances required for the generation of
power through the Nigerian Bulk Electricity
Trading Company, the minutes stated that the
NBET received only 25.43 per cent payment
from the distribution companies for the
energy it received from the generation
companies for the March 2018 cycle.
It stated that late payments from the January
cycle amounting to 2.45 per cent of the
March invoice was also received by the NBET,
bringing the total payment percentage for
February to 27.88 per cent.
The power distribution firms have continued
to remit below 30 per cent of what is
expected of them by the NBET, a
development that has led to severe liquidity
crisis in the sector.
“The NBET also received $6.9m in
international customers’ payments from the
market operator, which was paid to the
generation companies,” the minutes added.
In its report, the market operator stated that
the Discos received 81.95 per cent of the
total energy sent out by the generation firms,
while international customers and other direct
customers received 8.08 per cent, thereby
creating a transmission loss factor of 9.97 per
cent in the month of March 2018.

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